Dr Mikovhe Maphiri

Senior Lecturer


Dr Mikovhe Maphiri is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and an admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She is an Associate legal coordinator for the Telluride Association and serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Telluride Association in Ithaca, New York. She holds a PhD and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Commercial Law, both from UCT, and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Limpopo. Her research interests are on internal corporate governance with a special interest in sustainability, corporate social responsibility and shared value within companies in South Africa. Her PhD research has attracted platforms for international collaboration at the Institute of Sustainability and Leadership at the University of Cambridge where she worked on climate change, sustainability, shared value, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Business ethics, international relations and development. Mikovhe was also a Grotius research scholar at the University of Michigan in the United States and she was also one of first International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) scholars to represent UCT at the University of Cambridge. In pursuit of her career in academia, Mikovhe has received over thirteen national and international prestigious Awards and fellowships since 2015.


  • Business Law I (CML1001F/CML1004S)

Publications in accredited journals

Nanyemba, T. and Maphiri, M., 2022. The Social and Ethics Committee and the Protection of Non-Shareholder Constituencies: Teething Problems or No Teeth At All?. Stellenbosch Law Review, 33(3), pp.376-395.

Maphiri, M., Matasane, M.A. and Mudimu, G., 2021. Challenges to the effective implementation of SDG 8 in creating decent work and economic growth in the Southern African Hemisphere: Perspectives from South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. In Global Challenges to CSR and Sustainable Development: Root Causes and Evidence from Case Studies(pp. 39-63). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Maphiri, M., 2022. Food Security in South Africa: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic on Creating Sustainable Value Chains Through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In Case Studies on Sustainability in the Food Industry: Dealing With a Rapidly Growing Population (pp. 135-158). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Maphiri, M., 2018. The Suitability of South America's Business Rescue Procedure in the Reorganization of Small-to-Medium-Sized Enterprises: Lessons from Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Mich. Bus. & Entrepreneurial L. Rev., 8, p.101.




Using The Shared Value Business Model to Bridge The Gap in South Africa’s Energy Crisis: An Analysis of The Shared Value Business Model as A Corporate Governance Strategy Used Ameliorate The Failure of Eskom (Springer)


Prestigious awards and fellowships

  • 2022: Global law and Business Academy Scholarship, University of Colombia, Faculty of law, New York.
  • 2020-2023: Recipient of NRF (Black Academic Advancement Programme) BAAP grant
  • 2018: Michigan Grotius Fellowship, awarded by the Michigan Law school for an LLM/SJD 2018
  • 2018: The Telluride Association Residential Scholarship, Ann Abor Michigan. 2017-2019: NRF Scarce Skills Doctoral fellowship.
  • 2016-2018: The University of Cape Town’s Doctoral scholarship.
  • 2017: International Alliance of Research University scholarship awarded by Santander (awarded to one outstanding UCT student to participate in IARU in Cambridge University, United Kingdom). 2017
  • 2018: Miller-Sidgwick International Exchange Scholarship (awarded to one outstanding UCT student to engage in study abroad programme at the University of Michigan). 2016-2018: The Harry Crossley Fellowship awarded by UCT’s postgraduate funding centre for PhD degree in law.
  • 2016-2018: The Hans Middleman Open Society Bursary awarded by UCT’s postgraduate funding for PhD degree in law.
  • 2017-2018: The University of Michigan Grotius research Scholar fellowship.
  • 2016: Dean’s Fellow, fellowship awarded by the Dean of the Faculty of Law at UCT.
  • 2016: Law Faculty Endowment award scholarship for PhD degree in law.
  • 2015: The Harry Crossley Foundation Prestigious fellowship award for master’s degree at the UCT.
  • 2015: The University of Cape Town’s Masters Scholarship, awarded for LLM degree at (UCT). 2015: The National Research Foundation (NRF) Innovative Master’s degree scholarship awarded for LLM degree at (UCT).


Awarded but not accepted


  • 2018: Michigan Grotius Fellowship, awarded by the Michigan Law school for an SJD/PhD program.


Non-peer reviewed publications

Principles of Market Abuse Regulation: A Comparative South African Perspective. By Howard Chitimira. Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd. 2018. x + 158pp. book review in the South African Law Journal (2019).

International conference presentations

  • 2022: Dr MC Maphiri and Dr N Madinga (University of Cape Town, South Africa) The efficacy of the Advertising Regulatory Board in facilitating corporate accountability for advertisements which perpetuates gender stereotypes and discrimination in South Africa: looking beyond brand reputation and image
  • 2021: CSR in South Africa’s Banking Sector: a theory of non-effect (online conference hosted by the Global Corporate Governance institute - 7th International Conference on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance
  • 2018: Served as Organizer and Moderator for the 2018 Junior Scholars conference 13 – 14 April, University of Michigan Law School
  • 2018: Maphiri Mikovhe. Confronting the Rhetoric of Multinational Enterprises Accountability for Environmental Rights Violations in South Africa (Conference presentation Nelson Mandela University Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, 14-17 October 2018)
  • 2017: Maphiri Mikovhe. Visions of the future conference, 28 July 2017, University of Cambridge, Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Madingley, England.
  • 2015: Maphiri Mikovhe. Business Rescue in South Africa and its practical application to Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The Harry Crossley Foundation scholarship holders conference presentation 7 May 2015, Postgraduate Funding Office, University of Cape Town, 3rd Level, Otto Beit Building, University Avenue, Upper Campus.